"The Rangers now have three options with Boogaard this summer: keep him and hope that he can skate his way into a transformation to become a more useful player over the rest of his contract, try to find a trade partner willing to absorb the rest of his deal or buy him out. The first might be as much in the vein of wishful thinking as the initial signing, the second would appear to be impossible and the third would leave the Rangers on the hook for a little more than half a million dollars of dead weight on the salary cap for the next six seasons. But that may wind up being a better proposition than $1.625 million of what looks like dead weight for the next three."
...i know this isn't a popular line of thinking, but I'm of the opinion that there is still a place for Boogaard on this team. Prust was banged up pretty good this season from taking on fighters out of his league. If Boogaard can get himself into shape this offseason he'd be a nice piece to have in games against the tougher teams in the NHL.
...another concern I have with buying out Boogaard, especially if the Rangers do the same with Drury and Wolski, is the message that sends to UFAs down the road. Why would anyone want to sign with the Rangers if they think they'll get bought out after one bad season? Shows the organization doesn't have the back of their players.
...what do you think Rangers should do with Boogaard? Let me hear you in the comments section.
If the Rangers consolidate their roster and settled on a regular top 9, then Boogard fits in well on a fourth line playing a few minutes a game. Remember the cup team? 4th line wingers were Greg Gilbert Joe Kocur. Forgettable players on the tail end of their careers. The point is that a 4th liner doesn't need to do a whole lot to be effective - especially under a coach like Torts who hates playing a 4th line. This season, Boogard didn't fit in because the Rangers roster had just too many mid-level players on it. Even if he hadn't gotten hurt, you couldn't justify playing Boogard over Wolski, Zuccs, or Avery. But theirin lies the problem. Those guys need minutes to be effective and couldn't get them. - they dion't belong on a 4th line and don't contribute to their teams in that roll. But Boogard is a fit there, if the roster is structured properly and not overcrowded.
Correct if i am wrong, but i did not see boogard in one fight this season where he absolutely demolished the other fighter...Isn't that why we got him in the first place because hes the "tuffest" fighter in the league...i would say most of his fights ended in a draw.
I agree with the majority. Keep him around for at least another year and give Prust some backup. I don't see why he can't skate to the front of the net and cause some havoc. Hes a big tough dude, is he not?
a buyout for a contract with 3 years left on it for a fighter makes zero sense. bring him back. someone needs to protect lundqvist when he gets run
Boyle should give him the number of the skating coach he worked with. Keep him on the team for at least on year. He has a HUGE cap number but if he's useful even as a 5 minute player as long as he fights the other teams big boys and keeps Boyle and Prust to the medium sized guys. Worse comes to worse, he gets another concussion, gets placed on the IR and gets bought out of his last two years next off-season.
What about a trade and then another team buying him out (works for the Drury situation too, maybe even better) a la Brash? A team like the Avalanche, whom are struggling to reach the cap floor, could use the money on the books to reach that floor, and still have their rebuilding plan on track. Also, can he be stashed in the AHL and brought up for games with the Flyers, Bruins and other bruiser-teams? It's not like anyone is going to claim him off waivers, and if they do, mission accomplished.
i would have no problem if he could be a massive power forward dustin penner type player...but thats all on boogie. he has to work his ass off and try to earn a spot and not just assume his fighting wins him a spot.
The thing with Prust is that he is more than just a fighter, he's a vital piece that does so much for the team. Boogaard's a fighter, period. And coming off a concussion, how effective a fighter will he be? He's not a good enough skater to forecheck, and he doesnt have good enough hands to be a Tim Kerr type on the pp. I'll confess I was excited at first with the signing, but now.....maybe a buyouts the only way.
@PharmerBern Great points. Agree 100%.
@bauerout I believe you mean 'toughest'....but yea that's why he was brought in. But to counter, Drury and Gomez were brought in to score, and they didn't do much of that. Also, he's fighting in the NHL, they're all tough dudes, the big guys are rarely way over-matched.
@AndyS that sounds like a really good idea actually
@AndyS yes i know how it is actually spelled, i just think its funnier spelled this way haha dont ask...youre right about the big guys not being overmatched...but I don't think there was a guy on any team that feared fighting boodgard since we have had him, and I just don't see the reasoning for having him if that's the case. I mean aside from his fighting, he came into training camp in terrible shape and remained that was. He looked terrible as far as his skating ability and I think it is just wasted space in the lineup...Unless he seriously improves on his skating and conditioning, he's going to be in and out of the lineup all season playing single digit minutes. I just think we can have a more valuable player in boogards spot